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Farmer Looking Over His Crops

6 Resolutions Farmers Should Keep for the New Year

Farmer Looking Over His Crops

Congratulate yourself on making it through another year of planting, plowing and harvesting. Over the years, you’ve perfected your craft with hard work, perseverance and patience. involves many years of sweat and endurance. Now that it’s a new year, it’s a great time to evaluate what’s working, what’s not working and how to keep improving the farm work. Here are 6 resolutions that every farmer should keep for the new year:

  1. Embrace Innovation With Technology

Technological advances are happening in every industry – why not utilize technology in farming? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate that ‘old faithful’ equipment that is no longer so faithful. We’ve all been there – right in the middle of mowing down the grass and that busted old machine that’s given us so much throughout the years takes it’s last breath. Optimize your farming technique and stimulate your crops by bringing in some new tools like the Dewalt – 142 Piece Mechanics Tools Set. Take on the New Year with some new equipment with the Dr Power Equipment – Versa – Trailer Pro Package. If you feel like your tools and equipment have some fight left in them then bring them to our Service Centers; we can take a look at any Big R machines you’ve bought. You can also check out our Parts Store for a quick way to order parts online. Want an easy way of checking on your acres? Drones are becoming increasingly popular and can help you supervise and maintain your land. Technology will only continue to advance. Make sure you are ahead of the competition by keeping up with the innovative technology.

 

  1. Promote Education in Agriculture

Become an advocate for farm culture. More and more consumers have become curious about where their food comes from. You planted those seeds, worked long hours maintaining and waited for the most prime point of ripeness to harvest. Let the people know how much hard work goes into their delicious meal. Give the public a taste of where it came from. Plant the seeds of knowledge and watch the amount of consumers grow and come to appreciate the process even more.

  1. Keep Learning

Stay on top of your game by learning new tricks and tips of the trade. Being a student can be just as beneficial as being a teacher. Agriculture continues to evolve. Converse with other farmers, maybe they have some insight on something you’ve been having trouble with or maybe they need your expertise. Do your research online. The World Wide Web is an amazing place where billions of people can share their experiences and advice.

  1. Try Something New

Humans are creatures of habit. We hold traditions and habits very close to home because what we know is comforting. It’s hard to break apart from the usual and try something new but how do you know that what you’ve been doing for years is the best way to do it if you’ve never tried any other way? It may be time to try a new technique or head into a different direction. If your crops or livestock seem increasing unhappy, try a new system or rearrange the layout of your landscape. Everyone is a little nervous about trying new things but change is natural and as the nature of farming evolves we must evolve with it.

  1. Use Social Media

If you haven’t yet entered the realm of social media this may be the year to do so. Having a Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram is a great way to connect with potential consumers. You’ll have the ability to share what you’re working on and promote what you’re selling. Instagram is easy to use and you can showcase your crops and new tools, and stay aware of what others are doing as well. Utilize these websites and apps to educate consumers on your products and keep them up-to-date with your progress; build a community online.

 

  1. Make Time to Relax

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The fresh dirt, the growth of a new crop and the ability to eat something you made with your bare hands are some of the best rewards that farming can offer. But after a long day in the field your body is probably aching and deserves a good rest. Make time to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet. There will always be more things to do on the farm and in the house but you need to make time to cool down and unwind. Maybe take your horse out for a ride along the hillside and watch the sunset. Pick up a good book and lay out in the field soaking in the fresh air. When the weather eases up, invite the friends over for a brew and fire up the barbeque with our Pit Boss – 700 Deluxe pellet Grill. Making time to relax and decompress will help you feel ready for whatever else may come up.

 

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Agriculture is an important part of life but it can be challenging and hard work. Embracing change allows you to develop and strengthen your practice. Don’t be afraid to show how proud you are for all the work you’ve done and share your accomplishments. Big R supports farmers big and small so stop in for any of your farming needs. Need tractor parts? We can help you find it with our parts store. Get rewarded for picking up your farming supplies by joining the Ag+ Plus program to get a 2% rebate on any purchases made on your card.

Delicious Crockpot Meal

6 Hearty Crock-Pot Meals After a Day on the Farm

Delicious Crockpot Meal

Every day on the farm is an adventure. There’s a lot of hard work and sweat involved. But there’s also a lot of good memories being made, especially when you’re on the farm with family. After the crops have been tended, the animals have been taken care of and the chores are done – it’s time to call it a day. What’s the best reward for making it through the busy day? A big meal that leaves everyone very satisfied and ready for what tomorrow brings. Make it easy on yourself by using a Crock-Pot. Here are 6 tasty Crock-Pot recipes that are perfect after a long day on the farm:

 

  1. Pulled Pork

Pulled pork sandwiches are a classic, and can be easily made in a Crock-Pot. After a long day, there’s nothing better than walking into a house to smell home-cooked BBQ still hot in the pot.

 

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  1. Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Taquitos

Cut juicy pieces of chicken and mix it into a creamy concoction of smoky cheddar cheese, cream cheese, jalapeños, red peppers, onions, and other savory spices. With a side of flour or corn tortillas, you’ve got a hearty meal that everyone in your family can enjoy!

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Make sure that your cutting board can handle sharp knives as they slice through fresh veggies and protein. Check out this tough board from LEM:

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  1. Chili

This 5 star chili recipe is filled with protein-rich kidney beans, thick tomato paste, onions, and ground beef. Eat the chili on its own or with chips on the side for a satisfying crunch; your family won’t resist digging in!

http://www.food.com/recipe/debbies-crock-pot-chili-45069

 

  1. Hearty Salmon Chowder

Nothing makes you feel more like a wilderness expert than cooking fish you caught. If you caught salmon, why not use it for this delicious chowder recipe? This recipe pairs salmon with fresh herbs, onions, celery, potatoes and chicken broth. The heavy soup is a meal in itself that warms the heart in even the coldest winter nights.

http://www.food.com/recipe/hearty-salmon-chowder-103850

  1. Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Breast

Craving turkey? Make it exciting by adding fresh, mediterranean flavors with this recipe. Sun-dried tomatoes, Greek seasoning, and Kalamata Olives help to make this slow-cooked turkey mouth-watering and unique.

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  1. Best Ever Beef Stew

This Crock-Pot beef stew is the ultimate comfort food with big flavors of garlic, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, vegetables, and tender, fresh-cut pieces of beef. This recipe, rich and warming, will quickly become a favorite in the family.

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If your family manages to not gobble down every last bite, the leftovers will make for another great meal. Grab some freezer bags to store the food. 

 

If you don’t already have a Crock-Pot, it’s time to get one! A Crock-Pot saves you time and effort as you make delicious, comforting food for your big group of hungry farmhands. Go to your local Big R to get your own or find yours online: Here